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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

weilawei Re:"Ultimately, our users will decide" (239 comments)

If they drop Gmail and don't replace it with something suitably similar and I don't get to keep my email, that'll be the end of a 10ish year run for me.

Sad times. I really do like their email service (and google voice).

about two weeks ago
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The Fastest Camera Ever Made Captures 100 Billion Frames Per Second

weilawei Re:light speed (122 comments)

So, about 25 MPH (that's 40 km/h or 11m/s for the rest of you). First Harvard and Rowland got it down to 17 m/s and then Lene Vestergaard Hau figured out how to stop and restart it entirely.

TL;DR: Mission accomplished.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

weilawei Re:Rather late (313 comments)

You are beyond clueless and out of touch with society.

That must be why Apple's best selling MP3 players are the smaller capacity ones (by far), such as the shuffle, nano, and mini. I think it's you who needs to get in touch with reality. There's clearly a business case for MP3 players which don't hold an entire music collection--which was my only point.

Fucking moron.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

weilawei Re:300 second buffer to hold an entire song (313 comments)

Maybe 50-60 per week is plenty. The smaller iPods (nano, mini, shuffle) are among the best selling MP3 players out there. Having a huge capacity isn't everything to everyone.

Not everyone needs to or wants to put their entire library on an MP3 player at once, therefore, MP3 players do not "exist for the sole purpose of holding my entire collection". I replied to a person who made that exact argument, and it's demonstrably false. You only need 1 example to prove it false, and there's plenty of people out there who don't store their entire collection on an MP3 player. QED.

That was my only point, and you've totally whooshed on it.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

weilawei Okay, this is a great idea (647 comments)

But that website is atrocious suck. Top AND bottom panes which don't move and serve no purpose other than to obscure the window? What the hell is this shit?

about three weeks ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

weilawei Re:300 second buffer to hold an entire song (313 comments)

You're a fucking moron. I give up. Not only do you lack reading comprehension, but you STILL missed the one and only main point that there exist multiple reasons to use an MP3 player. MP3 players do not "exist for the sole purpose of holding all my music" (where you must substitute every member of the MP3-player using population for the word "my"). The mere fact that there exist ANY other reasons to use an MP3 player invalidate that argument.

Jesus mothereffin' christ on a pogo stick. I've met rocks smarter than you.

about three weeks ago
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Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone

weilawei When is the first murder? (165 comments)

Similarly, Rashmi Knowles, chief security architect at RSA, imagines criminals hacking into medical devices, recently blogged about hackers using pacemakers to blackmail users, and asked: "Question is, when is the first murder?"

Shortly after you fuckers took a $10M bribe to weaken your security. It would be the icing on the cake if someone died because of that.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

weilawei Re:300 second buffer to hold an entire song (313 comments)

As I just stated, it's not that bloody hard for me. I SAID that it might be for YOU, but it ISN'T for ME. How hard is that? FFS, reading comprehension. I'll quote the line again for you, since you seem challenged:

Your tastes may shift so rapidly in a given week that you need access to everything, but mine change more slowly, thus I don't need to carry as much music in a given week to make sure I can listen to what I want to hear.

Do you see it this time? Do you need glasses?

about three weeks ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

weilawei Re:Rather late (313 comments)

You whooshed the point. I made two examples of reasons you could want to use an MP3 player for the purpose of showing that the argument "the SOLE purpose of an MP3 player is the hold ALL my music" is false when applied to a population. Nothing more.

Nitpicking at the fine points of particular CD players doesn't invalidate the argument, it just completely ignores the main thrust of it. I'm sure you can come up with a dozen other reasons to use an MP3 player. You must be at least that smart... I hope.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

weilawei Re:300 second buffer to hold an entire song (313 comments)

That's fine if you just use music for background noise or for pacing exercise

By that, you've demonstrated that an MP3 player does not exist solely to hold all of a music collection, and can, in fact, still be useful without holding all of a collection, meaning the argument that "the sole purpose of an MP3 player is to hold all my music" is false when applied to an entire population. That's what I gave 2 examples of other uses in order to debunk.

not so fine if you end up wanting to play a specific song in a specific circumstance

Who says I don't want to play a specific piece of music in a specific circumstance? I make a playlist, and hit forward and back to switch songs. That sure seems like playing a specific piece of music in a specific circumstance. It may not be the UI you like, but that's down to personal preference. Your tastes may shift so rapidly in a given week that you need access to everything, but mine change more slowly, thus I don't need to carry as much music in a given week to make sure I can listen to what I want to hear.

My point was that there are a myriad of reasons to use an MP3 player. I used two examples to demonstrate this.

Saying that the "entire purpose of an MP3 player is to hold ALL your music" is the argument I was debunking. The instant you come up with a reason to use an MP3 player besides "holding ALL your music", you've proven that argument false. I merely supplied two examples. It was intended to illustrate nothing more than the falsity of that argument.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

weilawei Re:Rather late (313 comments)

Bullshit. That is the entire purpose of an MP3 player, else we'd all still be using portable CD players.

Bollocks. To see why, let's do a thought experiment. If there was an optical disc and it happened to be able to hold all your music (insert a sufficiently large value here to satisfy you), but it still skipped if you ran through your n-second buffer, would you still be using it? Probably not. So right there, that's another reason to use an MP3 player, meaning "holding all my music" is NOT the "entire purpose" of an MP3 player. QED.

Secondly, most of us don't need to carry *everything*. I used to carry larger MP3 players, but recently switched to an iPod shuffle. Turns out, I don't care about carrying everything, because I usually only have a small subset of my collection I'm listening to at a given time. What I do care about is having something tiny and lightweight that I can clip to my shirt and not be digging out of my pockets to change tracks when my hands are greasy, or covered in paint, or whatnot. Clearly my use case is different from yours. This again means that "holding all my music" is NOT the "entire purpose of an MP3 player". QED again.

I can keep doing this, but there are a number of reasons to use an MP3 player, and your singular use case does not encompass "the entire purpose of an MP3 player".

about three weeks ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

weilawei Re: Rather late (313 comments)

Reading comprehension. You lack it. He suggested that people who archived in a compressed (implying lossy, in this instance) format would have to re-rip--NOT people who used FLAC. Stop stabbing your fingers into your eyeballs trying to be offended.

He was defending the use of FLAC, not ripping on it.

about three weeks ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

weilawei Re:Mass produce! (194 comments)

Sign me up! Especially if you're offering a discount on it because of all the NIMBYs!

about three weeks ago
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Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case

weilawei Fuck This Shit (152 comments)

Please stop using the front page as your personal blog. May you <insert-untimely-thing-here> in a <insert-energetic-thing-here>.

about three weeks ago
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

weilawei Re:so waitaminute... (114 comments)

To answer your question: yes, car hacking is a real thing. It's widespread among higher-end cars, especially luxury models. However, it's usually limited to stealing the vehicles to be parted out and resold.

To answer your second question: Terrorists? WTF are you smoking? It's probably more likely to be abused by law enforcement.

about three weeks ago
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

weilawei Re:Laff (114 comments)

I'm sorry, they just don't have the broad expertise in mass food preparation. Sure, they can grow crops and tax stuff, but can they make billions upon billions of Happy Meals? I think not. We clearly need to outsource this to McDonalds and Coca-Cola.

about three weeks ago
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

weilawei Re:OT: I have a small feature request for car-make (114 comments)

Just need to teach the existing software a new trick.

And I bet you the existing wetware will learn a new trick just as fast as you automate your car to crack the windows. Won't even need a wedge to slip in an opening tool.

about three weeks ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

weilawei Re:The solution (224 comments)

s/competion/competition/
s/Compatibile/Compatible/

Whoops. Guess it's time to hit the sack.

about three weeks ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

weilawei Re:The solution (224 comments)

I said that I think the less hardcore players would be put off. Those would be the people unwilling to invest the money to buy competition legal gear to practice with. I bet the top players would deal with it, and it would go over fine if the leagues picked high quality peripherals, especially if they offered a package deal to buy a competion legal set. There might be a bit of grumbling, but I doubt it would last once the practice was established. Compatibile hardware choices between leagues would also be a key factor.

about three weeks ago

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Damage Already Done, FTDI Responds

weilawei weilawei writes  |  about 2 months ago

weilawei (897823) writes "Today, FTDI, a Scottish manufacturer of USB-to-serial ICs, posted a response to the ongoing debacle over its allegedly intentional bricking of competitors' chips. In their statement, FTDI CEO Fred Dart said, "The recently release driver release has now been removed from Windows Update so that on-the-fly updating cannot occur. The driver is in the process of being updated and will be released next week. This will still uphold our stance against devices that are not genuine, but do so in a non-invasive way that means that there is no risk of end user’s hardware being directly affected." This may have resulted from a discussion with Microsoft engineers about the implications of distributing potentially malicious driver software.

If you design hardware, what's your stance on this? Will you continue to integrate FTDI chips into your products? What alternatives are available to replace their functionality?"

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Basecamp Stores Your Passwords in Plaintext

weilawei weilawei writes  |  more than 5 years ago

weilawei (897823) writes "Basecamp stores your password in plaintext. To see this, click on "My info" and then remove "edit" from the URL.

This opens up huge opportunities for exploits when people are away from their desk or when your password is emailed (instead of reset, as is appropriate). Not everyone uses a different password for every wesbsite."
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Secure Tunneling in OS X

weilawei weilawei writes  |  more than 6 years ago

weilawei (897823) writes "I spend a lot of time on public wifi but I don't want people sniffing my traffic. How would I tunnel all my traffic, including DNS, to a remote server (using OpenSSH) under OS X? Specific browsers (e.g., Firefox) can be forced to defer DNS resolution to the remote host, but this isn't a viable option for every application. The proxy options in System Preferences appear to leak DNS requests, so the built-in client isn't an option either."

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